Eating + Drinking
“This isn’t a dream; this is the mecca of artisanal curds on the East Coast.” We don’t think anyone is more excited about this year’s Great Northeast Cheese Fest than culinary expert (and self-proclaimed curd nerd) Jess Bender. Saturday, December 1; 6–9 p.m.; Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard
Based on a few recent reviews, we wouldn’t recommend purchasing tickets to the Broadway musical King Kong anytime soon. But for a cheaper, hipper take on the Kong legend, theater expert David Cote recommends taking a look at Lisa Clair’s feminist satire about the making of the original 1933 film. Through Saturday, December 15; Doxsee, 232 52nd Street, Sunset Park
It might be cold outside, but things are getting muy caliente inside the performance space Public Arts. Dress in 1950s club attire to fit the mood set by the new immersive dance experience Carmen, an exhilarating adaptation of the classic story about love, jealousy, and betrayal. Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1; 8 p.m.; 215 Chrystie Street (between Stanton and East Houston Streets), Nolita
“This is not a Christmas show. This isn’t even a holiday show. This is a Chanukah show.” Just a reminder from writers and native New Yorkers Lana Schwartz and Ilana Michelle Rubin, who will be hosting the third annual Chanukahstravaganza. The city’s funniest Jewish comedians come together to celebrate the start of the Festival of Lights with a lot of laughter, song, and even more snacks. Saturday, December 1; Union Hall at 702 Union Street, Park Slope; 7:30 p.m.
Head to the Apollo to watch the best double Dutch teams from all over the world compete for the title in a battle of skill that will blow your mind. If you didn’t think jump rope was a sport before, these world-class kid athletes will convince you otherwise. Sunday, December 2; 1 p.m.; 253 West 125th Street, Harlem
It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year—holiday pop-up season! And the Lower East Side’s the Late Late is putting its own spin on things. Inspired by wacky grandmothers and hoarder friends everywhere, this local Irish bar is decorating its Tacky Winter Takeover–themed space with abandon. With tchotchkes galore, gaudy lights, and an explosion of mismatched colors, the Late Late has the charm of Rolf’s with a touch of National Lampoon. Don’t worry; you’ll feel right at home after a sip of an Oh, F…udge! cocktail: peppermint hot chocolate mingled with cognac, Green Chartreuse, and a marshmallow meringue. Happy holidays, indeed! Through February 2019; 159 East Houston Street (between Allen and Eldridge Streets), Lower East Side; open daily